Thursday, June 29, 2006

Google Scholar

While Google Scholar isn't as comprehensive as other databases, it can be a good place to start (to get ideas) or to finish (to see what you've overlooked) looking for law review articles or other scholarly articles.

Legal Researchers who are affiliated with a university or college library should be sure to set their Google Scholar preferences to reflect these affiliations.

To set up your preferences , look for the "Library Links" section of the preferences page. If you're on-campus and Google has detected your library, just check the box next to it. If not, you'll need to type your school's name in the "Find Library" search box to add your library.

Once your preferences are set, Google will be able to direct you to your library's subscriptions for articles rather than the publisher's webpages where you will be asked to pay for the article.